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Description du poste

INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATION UNION


ITU is the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technologies, with the mission to connect the world. To achieve this, ITU manages the radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits at the international level, works to improve communication infrastructure in the developing world, and establishes global standards that foster seamless interconnection of a vast range of communication systems.


Spectrum Regulations Consultant


Vacancy notice no: 1702
Sector: BDT
Department: DNS
Country of contract: Remote
Duty station: Home Based


Position number: [[positionNumber]]
Grade: [[PositionGrade]]
Type of contract: Consultant
Duration of contract: 45 working days
Recruitment open to: External
Application deadline (Midnight Geneva Time): 25 July 2024


ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT


The Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) is responsible for the organization and coordination of the work of the Telecommunication Development Sector of the Union. BDT deals mainly with development policies, strategies, programming, projects, as well as technical cooperation activities to enable and foster universal access to affordable, high-quality and secure telecommunications/ICTs and Foster equitable and inclusive use of telecommunications/ICTs to empower people and societies for sustainable development. To effectively and efficiently serve the needs of Member States, BDT is organized into four functional areas:

  • Operations Coordination Department (Office of the Deputy to the Director)
  • Projects, Partnerships & Digital Skills Department (PPS)
  • Digital Networks & Environment Department (DNE)
  • Digital Knowledge Society Department (DKS)

The Digital Networks & Environment Department is responsible to assist the Member States, especially the G77 countries, in a wide range of ICT development challenges, as basic connectivity, spectrum management, evolution of current to future broadband networks and technologies, enabling universal and affordable access, and strengthening the security through the cybersecurity support. In addition, the DNE Department provides expertise and needed support for emergency telecommunications and the increasingly important and urgent aspects related to the environment and climate change.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION


Within the framework of assistance on improving the regulatory regime for managing radio spectrum resources and in close collaboration with the Ministry of Communication, Posts and Telecommunications (MCPT) of the Republic of Djibouti, ITU looks forward in advising on rules of procedures, methodologies, guidelines, working methods and other operational arrangements which compose a daily spectrum management process of the country. The support from ITU is comprised of recommendations on optimizing administrative practices in spectrum management, inclusion of new regulatory procedures, and development of an action plan including activities, projects, programs, plans, and capacity building of the spectrum regulatory institutions of the Republic of Djibouti.
Based on the assessment of key elements of Djibouti’s current spectrum management in comparison with the best international practices, the ITU consultant will carry out the gap analysis with the aim to design recommendations on improving the effective legislation relevant to spectrum management, responsibilities vested on the institutions in charge of spectrum management, capacity building of these institutions, with the focus on regulatory procedures and methods of national spectrum pricing.

TERMS OF REFERENCE


Under the guidance of the Head of the Future Networks and Spectrum Management division, the consultant will study the existing regulatory framework of spectrum management in the Republic of Djibouti. He/she will be verifying national allocation, planning, frequency assignments, licensing, and pricing of spectrum resources to all categories of spectrum users.

The ITU consultant will deliver a detailed research and recommendations on improvements in the following spectrum management aspects:

  • Spectrum management system - legislation in spectrum management, functions, and responsibilities of spectrum regulator.
  • Planning of spectrum resources - spectrum allocations, national frequency allocations table.
  • Spectrum licensing – licensing structure, tenure and license renewal, mechanisms enabling new wireless technologies to be supplied with the sufficient spectrum resources.
  • Spectrum pricing – the review of the existing and advising on the updated methodology of spectrum fees.
  • Spectrum reallocation and recycling – the assessment of the need to use existing spectrum to support newer generation technologies, methods of spectrum reallocating.
  • Frequency assignments – the practices with the on-going frequency planning, modern methods of frequency assignment, suggestions on their applicability and introduction.
  • Spectrum sharing – authorization of multiple different users who may be operating different technologies in the same spectrum band.
  • Spectrum trading – applicability and need for secondary spectrum market.
  • Spectrum monitoring – practices and equipment for observing and oversight of spectrum usage.
  • Capacity building - pool of staffing requirements and engineering expertise needed to sustain efficient spectrum use.
  • Interference resolution and enforcement – compulsory undertakings to prevent breaches in spectrum usage.

CONCRETE DELIVERABLES


1. An inception report describing the background, rational, methodology, and organization of the mission. A questionnaire on spectrum management to be addressed to spectrum stakeholders.

2. A holistic and comprehensive report embodying recommendations and actions plan to improve spectrum regulatory frameworks that will enhance, facilitate, and ensure the efficient, effective, and optimal utilization of radio frequency spectrum by all stakeholders in Djibouti.

3. Online workshops on:

  • General spectrum management issues relevant to the countries of the region.
  • Presentation of the outcomes and recommendations from the mission to be reflected in the actions plan of improving spectrum regulatory frameworks.
  • Presentation of the draft of actions plan.
  • Identification of additional topics/issues for more specific consideration in the final deliverables.

4. Approved final report and actions plan.

COMPETENCIES


  • Excellent knowledge of modern spectrum management system.
  • Knowledge of regulatory practices in spectrum management and spectrum licensing framework.
  • Extensive knowledge of spectrum management software and radio monitoring tools.
  • Knowledge and experience in applying economic methods of spectrum regulation including spectrum pricing regimes.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED

Education: University degree in telecommunications engineering, radio frequency engineering, telecommunications/ICTs or other related areas. An advanced degree would be an advantage.



Experience: At least seven (7) years of experience in the ICT sector with focus on spectrum management.



Languages: Knowledge of English at advanced level. Knowledge of French is an asset.

REMUNERATION INFORMATION


Between USD 250 and USD 340 per working day to be defined according to the work experience of the consultant.

INFORMATION ON RECRUITMENT PROCESS

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the ITU Careers website. The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview. ITU uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates. Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided. Messages originating from a non ITU e-mail account - @itu.int - should be disregarded. ITU does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

ITU applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. ITU is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization. Achieving gender balance is a high priority for ITU.

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